1. Total number of books I’ve owned:
I have no idea how many books I’ve owned and I’m either too dignified or too innumerate to count even “how many would fit in a box…” etc. What could possibly be the intent of this question except to measure one’s strap-on faux-intellectual codpiece? If I sound like I’m threatened or defensive I’m really not, because, you know, I read most anything that’s on the kitchen table, and faster (and probably earlier) than anyone you know, probably. So, there’s my piece of macho. Anyway, my living spaces have always been limited. When my mom and I lived in the tent in Bolinas, my few books got water-damaged – Andersen’s fairy tales & Alice in Wonderland. I still have warped Alice. When I left SF for Tokyo I put most of my books in storage (and what a surprise, when I moved in with G., to get those boxes back, and relive the era in which I’d acquired them – SF in the 80s! Wow!) , except for my gorgeous antique kids’ books, which I foolishly entrusted with a roommate. They are now, of course, gone. Gone.
2. Last book I bought:
I’m embarrassed to admit that the last book I bought was my own, V. Imp., cheap, off Amazon, because I’m out of copies and I want to give it to someone. The last book I received in the mail was 5000 Designs and Motifs from India. I’m awaiting shipment of Simplicity: Simply the Best Sewing Book, and, from eBay, Fashion Sewing for Everyone (a vintage book from the 70s), and Claire Schaeffer’s Sewing Shortcuts.
3. Last book I read:
The last book I read was Alli Warren’s wonderful new chapbook, Houndz. The one before that was a book Gary had bought to read on the plane, that little hilarious book on punctuation, Eats Shoots and Leaves. The last two books I took out of the Pratt library were Fit and Fabric and How to Make Clothes that Fit and Flatter.
4. Four books that mean a lot to me
Some v. imp books:
The Pillow Book I just noticed that G. has this book on his list, too. Well, there you have it. Basically I just want to read people’s [well-written] diaries.
A Lover’s Discourse
Alice’s in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Now I pass baton toAlli.